Jan 1st and I'm blowing the budget on 'Vette parts

My new years resolution for 2017 was to spend less than $5k fixing/restoring/upgrading/maintaining that damn Corvette.

HOWEVER. I went out to start it yesterday, and while crawling underneath to check for leaks, found a nice puddle of brake fluid coming out of the front left caliper.... so there’s an order in to Corvette Central for a new pair of front calipers, braided brake hoses, pads, and I’m spoiling myself and getting new caliper bolts too! I’m hoping that if I replace both it’ll get rid of the pulling-to-the-right feeling I get under hard braking... Although I have receipts from the last owner of a TOTAL brake system rebuild in 2004, and a new rear left caliper in 2014...


ALSO. I just sent Silver Sport Transmissions a request for quote on a Tremec TKO 600 5-speed, to do something about the abysmal fuel economy and the 3900rpm @ 75mph (120km/h)

2.87, 1.89, 1.28, 1.00, 0.64... wow, what a 5th gear ratio. I’d prefer a 6 speed, but the Tremec Magnum is much larger and requires cutting more holes in the console, as well as cutting out the trans crossmember and welding in a new one.

Now I just need a new windshield washer fluid pump, t-top seals, weatherstripping, re-leather’d steering wheel, reupholstered seats, a spare tire, a breakerless ignition conversion... yeah

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